Ogenyi explains why Lobi Stars suffered defeat at Go Round
Lobi Stars assistant coach, Evans Ogenyi believes that their strikers’ lack of precision in their opponents’ goal area was the sole reason they were beaten by Go Round on Sunday at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium, Omoku.
He said their hosts were only fortunate to take their only real chance of the game for the three points at stake but he assured that the Pride of Benue will use the World Cup break to ponder on what they must do to correct the mistakes noticed in Omoku and in their other recent matches before the league resumes again next month.
The former Enyimba coach noted that they never underrated Go Round because they were aware that there are no minnows in the top-flight. He also said they knew it would be difficult to Ngozi Elechi’s men considering how they played in the first meeting in Makurdi in January but insisted that the newcomers were not the better side.
“There is no team in the NPFL that is a pushover. We came here with a mission but what I will not totally agree with you is that Go Round played better than we did,” Ogenyi told www.npfl.ng.
“We all know that it is the teams that take their chances that win games. In the first half, we lost so many goalscoring chances than Go Round but they took the only chance they had in the second half. I will not totally agree with you that their win was a reflection of what happened throughout the 90 minutes.”
Despite the setback in Omoku, Ogenyi still believes unequivocally that the 1999 league champions will claim the crown at the end of the current campaign because of their determination and self-belief.
“It is just the belief. We have the determination that this time round we have what it takes to actually go for the league title by the time the season ends,” Ogenyi continued.
“We have told our players from the beginning of the season that they should be ready. The motivation and the self-belief that we can do it have been keeping us going. We are certain that Lobi Stars will be crowned league champions at the end of the season because we have done it before and we are sure we are going to repeat the feat again.
“It is still a marathon. We must take the positives and negatives from every match that we play and from this game, we have seen it all. We hope to work on the negatives before our next league match and by the time the World Cup ends we will be ready for Niger Tornadoes and other teams.”